Buying Huawei phones a ‘real risk’ after Google block

Image Courtesy ABC News

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This move is the result of U.S. President Donald Trump signing an executive order that prevents United States companies from buying foreign telco equipment considered to be a national security risk.

But in cutting off Huawei, Google risks being deprived of the revenue-generating data of all those phone owners around the world.

Huawei's devices in China do not have Google apps, but the move could hugely damage the brand's appeal to consumers in other markets.

Google has cut phone maker Huawei off from some updates to the Android operating system, dealing a blow to the Chinese firm.

Huawei has repeatedly denied all allegations its equipment could be used for espionage and ties to its native government beyond paying taxes, but the USA and Australia have both banned its equipment from use in their respective forthcoming 5G networks.

Huawei says it will continue to provide security updates and services for its smartphones and tablets after being barred from Google updates to its Android operating system.

"Huawei will only be able to use the public version of Android and will not be able to get access to proprietary apps and services from Google", a source told Reuters.

Huawei "is heavily dependent on U.S". While the obvious challenges are with Huawei, companies that rely on trade with the Chinese giant are also threatened.

"We are complying with the order and reviewing the implications", the Google spokesperson said.

Among the first tech giants to suspend business activities with Huawei is Alphabet Inc.'s Google, reports by Reuters.

The Chinese company will only be able to access software patches and distribute them from Android's open source project, not proprietary information retained by Google, meaning that apps on Huawei phones could become unusable. The AOSP is the barebones version of the operating system.

While the battle seems to be between Huawei and the U.S., the latter who accuses Huawei of using their technologies to spy on Americans and share information with the Chinese government, the people of China have made a decision to take matters into their own hands. The Chinese company has stated that it will continue servicing smartphones across the globe.

Additionally, if Google decides to revoke Google Play Certification (Huawei was still listed as a Play Protect partner at the time of writing), then users may be unable to get Google apps running at all.

"The conflicts between USA and Chinese producers will have no impact on Russian users as everything works out well", Volin said.

Huawei's European business, its second biggest market, could be hit as Huawei licences these services from Google in Europe.

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